Going A2A.. feel like a failureSubscribe
Hey all, firstly, by no means do I want to sound like I'm complaining on this post. I understand how lucky I am to be employed during the time at a reputable firm so please don't take this in the wrong way.
However, I was unable to secure a spot on the buyside despite being at a solid BB coverage group and going to a target. I think there were a lot of factors at play (visa etc.) but I'm not making excuses- I did have interviews and did not convert. Everyone in my class is leaving for PE/HF/Corp Dev and I am one of the only people with my background (target, 3.7+ etc) staying. I often get ridiculed by them for staying in banking as it is viewed much more inferior to buyside esp top HF or UMM/MF PE. This has been taking a toll on my self-confidence/ being viewed as "left behind" in my career as my friends earn a ton and do seemingly more interesting work. This forum also obviously puts HF/PE at a pedastel (which I understand) which adds to my disappointment as I am a frequent reader.
I like my team and am making good money but obviously prefer investing given it's been an interest of mine since high school/college. but have been unable to make the move due to a variety of factors. This forum is filled with some very experienced people. For those who stayed in banking or have experience in PE-- isgoing A2A all that bad? What should I do for next steps?